TPA | South Austin Brewery

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South Austin Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 63
Photo of DoctorZombies
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold (4+) pour with thick, creamy white head;decent cap retention; good clarity; heavy lace. Lite grass hop nose. Semi sweet caramel malt, and very lite bitter hop tongue. Medium lite, almost creamy mouthfeel; moderate carbonation. Overall, easy drinking with lite malt linger.

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Photo of mschantz
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled Pour from a 16 oz can - no date code. Pours a not-quite-clear brassy orange. Nose presents a bit of orange marmalade and malt sweetness. Taste is malt driven but balanced nicely with moderate hoppy bitterness. Kind of a throw back to what hoppy beers used to be. Not stunning but solid.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a moderately cloudy golden color with a nice ivory white head that settles leaving a nice lacing down the glass,

The nose is moderate but earthy with notes of grass, pine and citrus.

The taste is a sharp and dry hop experience with the maltiness being completely subdued. The hops are bitter with earthy notes to match the nose.

The moutfeel is pleasantly rich and satisfying.

Overall a very drinkable and strong IPA with the cliche matching that what is in Texas is bigger and this is a big hop flavoring.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are very good. Has an apple and caramel aroma. The taste is bready, highly malted with a mild hop bitterness but overall smooth taste with apple and caramel flavors at the end. Not a bad IPA. It is better than I expect, given the brewery, but definitely not going to break into anyone's top 5.

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Photo of HardTarget
1.8/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Appearance: Pours with a four finger head that lasts long enough for me to get impatient to actually try and drink the beer. Glass is very hazy orange amber.

Smell: Under attenuated malt. Kind of a sickly sweet smell I know from homebrews gone, well, not so right.

Taste: Again, under attenuated, heavy sugars and a slightly band-aid plastic note. Lingering bitter note doesn't give any pleasant hop features, just a metallic medicine taste.

Feel: Fizzy, medium light body, slowly fading oily finish.

Overall: Well, I'm pissed I didn't look closely enough at the can to see TPA, looks a hell of a lot like an IPA, which it isn't. Second, this is just poorly made, or poorly designed. Just a mess of errors and off flavors. Gushed a bit when I popped the can, going to hope that's just all of sugars left behind that the yeast is still trying to chew and not an infection (which, I'm not ruling out). Second beer from the brewery that I've had the concern about; scary.


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Photo of TBoneJones
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bit into a tonic glass, and it's slightly hazy and copper, well carbonated, and with a decent creamy header.
Smells ok, malty, bready.
Tastes nice and hoppy and rich of citrus juices, lemon and grapefruit in particular, and some sweet crackers. I normally don't check out pale ales, but this makes me want to open that new door.
Tasty, smooth, much bang for a 5 and a half percent brew. The description on the can is quite confident in itself being an original Texas pale ale, full of big hoppy flavor but without the "boozy wallop." That boast and even the can design are somewhat off-putting to me, however in this case, these brewers can back up their words. Hits the spot, zesty zing, interesting. It went down quickly. This motivates me to seek out APAs again.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very drinkable with some bite. Just enough for a music festival or cook out. A easy drinking APA. Would buy again and keep on hand for those days when I want more than 2-3. Just as weird as Austin. Weird is always good.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.87/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

CAN: Aluminum. 18 fl oz. Has a generic vaguely '70s label design. 5.5% ABV.

Reviewed live as a pale ale per the description on the label. Served cold into a pilsner glass in low altitude Austin, TX. Expectations are average given the brewery, which to my recollection hasn't made anything impressive I've tried. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Seven fingers wide. Light khaki colour. Foamy. Decent frothiness. It's mildly creamy. A thicker, fuller, more soft-looking head would be ideal. Retention is excellent - about 8 minutes - but this head has me worried about overcarbonation. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Translucent transparent copper-gold of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a pretty generic appearance for a pale ale. Nothing about it strikes me as unique or special, but the head retention is notable.

AROMA: Poor. Cracker malts, unwelcome lime, lemongrass, noticeably Belgian yeast, and a hint of tea-like bitterness and even seeming astringency. It's perfumey, and offers none of the hop aromatics I'd look for in a good pale: no citrus, no pine, no nectary hops, no juicy fruit, not even any floral notes. I'm puzzled by the hop choices...maybe the taste will be better then the aroma?

It's an off-putting aroma of average strength overall. The yeasty presence is quite odd, lending this a strange Belgian vibe and intruding on the cleanliness of the aromatics.

TASTE: Crackery malts, white tea bitterness, biscuity Belgian yeast (which lends it an untoward vitamin-y and lees-evocative taste), and hideous neutral malts. Where's the pale malt base? Or the hops, for that matter? I get no citrus, no pine, no grapefruit, no nectar...not even tropical fruit (which I usually don't like).

This is simply and poorly built, with a generic flat taste and insufficient hop flavour. Poorly balanced and ill-constructed, with no noticeable subtlety, complexity/intricacy, or nuance. What few flavours are there are shallow and belong more in a subpar witbier than a pale ale. Why brew this?

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Lightly scratchy on the palate. Thin and weak, but luckily it stops short of watery. Too coarse and dry, dragging harshly on the palate. Overall palate presence is poor. Has a stale overall feel.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer, let alone complement the taste.

OVERALL: If this is a Texas Pale Ale, count me out of any future iterations of the style. Poorly conceived, with incomprehensible hop selection and a troubled lack of a pale malt foundation. This is one that can be safely avoided. I'll finish the glass with effort, but this is in the runnings for the worst pale ale currently brewed in Texas.


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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Chilled 16 oz can into a 12 oz stemless tulip. No visible canning date.

Look- Clear medium amber, darker than anticipated. Three solid fingers of off-white froth, good retention. Well developed spiderweb lacing.

Smell- Toasty, light honey, lemon. Mild but pleasant.

Taste- Cracker, lemon and pine, white tea bittering on the back end that grows as I sip. Just a little something tart that suggests a saison-ish yeast strain, maybe fermented cool? Don't know, but the lemon rind stands out and there's just a little snap to it. Very nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium for the style, smooth, soft carbonation. Dry finish, feels like hard water, but just on the level that invites another drink.

Overall- A mild, dry, and clean-hopped APA. Aggressive bittering builds as you drink but it's clean and not a ton of fruity or skunky flavor. Really fits what I'd say a Texas Pale Ale should be. Very nice, and I'm glad to see a more reasonably-priced beer from South Austin brewing as well. at $12 for a six pack of 16 oz cans, this is priced on par with Shiner at $8 for six and it's pretty darn good. Their packaging gimmick (a guitar pick under one of the snap-off can rings in the holder) is... gimmicky, but hey, I kind of like it, and it seems like they're really going for the whole Austin music thing, which works. It's not a big beer, but it more than hits the spot. I'll be getting this one again.

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TPA from South Austin Brewery
3.51 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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